'The kind of novel that leaves your head filled with gorgeous pictures' Kate Saunders, The Times
About the book
Celia's mother died bringing her into the world - when one soul flies in, another flies out, her aunt Tassi says. So she lives in Black Rock, Tobago, with her cousins and Tassi's second husband Roman, a man so sly he could crawl under a snake's belly on stilts. Celia thinks he's the devil, so when he does something that proves her right, she runs away to Trinidad and a new life in service.
Her writing is as lushly beautiful as the landscape she describes - it's the kind of novel that leaves your head filled with gorgeous pictures.
Set in the intense heat and vibrant lushness of the Caribbean, this compelling novel tells the story of Celia, an orphan with a prophecy hanging over her...it sings with life, texture and verve
This beautifully assured debut is rich with the sumptuous vistas, poetry and spirit of the Caribbean...Clashes of culture, temperament, loyalty and love jostle together, with the dramatic events and quandaries woven together with lyricism, tenderness and sensuality.
There are hints of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea throughout Smyth's hypnotic, eerie novel... Smyth writes entrancingly on tropical heat and light, indolence, vengeance and desire.
Certain novels are alive with colour. Written in lush, lyrical language evocative of its tropical setting, ... Smyth's debut is an absorbing and morally complex read with a bittersweet twist at the end